In Praise of Elder Dogs

This blog is created in celebration of the elder dogs, of any breed, who've touched our hearts. You are invited to add your own reflections, or, if you wish, track the progress of your own elder dogs. ("Elder," BTW, is defined here as 10 years or more, except in breeds known for shorter lifespans, such as the Great Dane.) Send your stories and photos to me at branta(at)

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Location: Hunt, Texas, United States

I've been privileged to share my life with five unforgettable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. This blog was inspired by Cooper, my first, whose indominatable bright spirit triumphed over his limitations. Every day of his life, till the very end, he woke joyously, happy to greet the day. I would wish the same for all of us!

Friday, January 20, 2006


While a number of indignities seem to inevitably accompany the aging process, we elder dogs must often endure additional embarrassments at the hands of otherwise well intentioned keepers. Consider the above, in which I am dragged about the house in a wheeled cart. It's cozy, all right, and that was not a particularly good day, mobility-wise, but really, Mother ... really!


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